RDSC Economist: The Opioid Crisis May Be Far Worse than We Thought
RDSC Economist Andrew Boslett’s Research Featured in National Media
Rochester Data Science Consortium Economist Andrew Boslett’s recently published research, co-authored with Elaine Hill, Ph.D., Economist and Assistant Professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Public Health Sciences, and Alina Denham, M.S., URMC, argues that opioid-related overdoses could be 28 percent higher than originally reported due to incomplete death records, making the Opiod Crisis far deadlier than previously imagined. The paper, published in the journal Addiction, found that almost 72 percent of unclassified drug overdoses that occurred between 1999-2016 involved prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl – translating into an estimated 99,160 additional opioid-related deaths.
The research found that this discrepency is more pronounced in certain states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Indiana, where the estimated number of deaths more than doubles – obscuring the scope of the opioid crisis and potentially affecting programs and funding intended to confront the epidemic.
The paper’s dramatic finding, novel research methods, and implications for how how we view the Opiod Crisis caused it to be quickly picked up by major national media, including ABC News, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, NewScientist, among others. A link to the complete research paper and associated news coverage can be found below.
The Atlantic: The Opioid Epidemic Might Be Much Worse Than We Thought
The Crime Report: Is the Opioid Epidemic Much Worse Than Officials Have Said?
EurekAlert! (from AAAS): Study: The opioid crisis may be far worse than we thought
The Hamilton Spectator: Opioid epidemic death toll higher than originally thought, researchers say
Managed Healthcare Executive:Missing Data Masks Scale of Opioid Epidemic
University of Rochester Medical Center Newsroom: Study: The Opioid Crisis May Be Far Worse than We Thought